Barefoot baby: how shoes are dis-connecting our children from great health

19 Jun

IMG_1104Once your child begins to walk, the next event many parents get excited about is the first trip to buy the first pair of shoes; some parents get so excited about shoes that they put them on their baby’s feet before they can walk and sometimes even before they can crawl!

Shoes that are commonly worn today ,with rubber insulating souls, are a very new invention in the history of man’s evolution. For eons of years men, women and children roamed the earth with their bare feet and slept and sat directly in contact with the earth’s surface. In extreme cold weathers they may have also wrapped conductive animal skin around their feet and under their bodies whilst they slept for extra warmth but the body was in contact directly with the earth’s energy for at least 80% of the time. Nowadays due to insulating shoes, raised beds, synthetic carpets in our homes and artificial carrying devices for children our human race is now directly connecting with the earth less than 1% of the time, 0.025% to be exact or just 10 minutes a month.

So why should this matter? Does your child like to run their hands along a brick wall whilst being pushed along in a buggy? Have you ever wondered why so many children ask to take their shoes off whilst outdoors? Have you ever noticed small babies chewing on the metal chain of a swing and wondered why they find it so appetising?


The answer lies in the earth’s natural medicine that can bring health and happiness back to us all. The earth acts like a giant, constant, self regenerating battery, re-charged by lightning storms with a never-ending supply of free electrons also known as negative ions. For those of you who are scientifically minded check out this interesting study ( you’re confused then stay with me and I’ll break it down…

Our bodies are full of cells which all have an electrical charge to keep them functioning effectively. The movement of nutrients and water into and out of the cells is regulated by these electric fields. The atoms that make up our cells each have a pair of electrons whizzing round them in constant orbit. When our bodies are attacked by stressors such as electromagnetic pollution from mobile phone masts and domestic appliances, a process known as free radical damage takes place. Free radicals are solo electrons which want to pair up with a second electron; in the process they rob an electron from the next stable pair that they come across. To understand this better consider a single person running off with someone else’s partner and breaking up their relationship. This then results in a domino effect for surrounding coupled electrons. The single electron becomes unstable, without a partner, and in search of a new mate then steals off the next pair it comes across….quite the home wrecker!

This process is how inflammation and disease is created. “A build-up of free radicals over time will wreak havoc with your immunity by causing a cascade of cellular destruction; all because these little molecules are electrically unstable and require a ‘donation’ of an electron to stop the damage from continuing.” (

Fortunately for us planet earth has created a way to help guard against the body’s damaging attack on itself. Much like plugs and electrical devices have a grounding wires to stop any interference in the signal occurring, we humans too have the ability to directly re-connect to the earth which provides us with a constant flow of free electrons. These free electrons act like speed daters; they will happily pair up and prevent those free radicals from interfering and breaking up the healthy relationships by donating them a flow of new partners to satisfy their pairing needs.


The higher up from the earth we travel, the more positive charge we experience. This is often noticed as static charge in our hair or an electric shock when touching a door handle; something we experience more in the winter time when we are least connected to the earth and the air is artificially heated, creating friction and more positive charge. The earth has an abundant supply of negatively charged ions which neutralise the effect of electromagnetic pollution in the atmosphere around us.

Grounding or earthing is a process which not only aids in decreasing inflammation (which is the root to most disease) it also improves immune function and helps to regulate body temperature and circadian rhythms (sleep wake cycles). As a result, the more grounded you can become the better you sleep, the less cold you feel, the less you will ‘catch bugs’  and the less pain, inflammation and depression you experience.

The key to connecting back to this vital healing source is to allow yourself and your children to go barefoot on the earth and touch it  directly with the skin as much as possible. It’s important to realise that only natural materials conduct the earth’s free electrons, not man-made insulating materials.


Natural Materials:

grass, mud, metal (unpainted), cotton, linen, bamboo, trees and plants, human and animal skin/hair (e.g. leather), glass and sand, marble, concrete, stones, tiles and brick, natural bodies of water such as lakes, sea, rivers and even running water coming directly on to the skin from taps and the shower through metal pipes.

Man-made synthetic materials which insulate and therefore do not conduct:

plastic, synthetic rubber (incl. souls of shoes and pushchair wheels), polyester and acrylic (clothing and fabrics), carpets, dead and treated wood (decking and flooring), tarmac, chemical coatings in paint, bath tub, lined paddling and swimming pools.

In addition to the numerous benefits of grounding, going barefoot also enables healthy development of the muscles in the feet and creates correct spinal alignment. If your child has collapsed arches or balance and postural problems one of the first things a chiropractor will encourage is to take off their shoes and give your child more barefoot time.


Perhaps the biggest obstacle to achieving this may be the fear of your little one treading on something sharp or undesirable. My little one walks barefoot on seemingly sharp and rugged surfaces all the time including pebble beaches and wood chips; due to the lack of tension in his legs and body he does not feel pain like we adults might do. If you do still want them to have some layer of protection there are now leather moccasin slipper style shoes for ALL ages to give protection to the feet when the weather is dry/cold. Don’t forget that even these wont keep your kids grounded if they aren’t wearing natural cotton fibre socks underneath. (


It can also be difficult to ground if you live in a particularly cold or wet climate; it’s much more appealing to take your shoes off and jump in a lake or the sea to have a grounding swim when it’s warm outside. The cheapest way to combat this is to encourage your kids to go climbing and touching the living trees more often, rolling in the grass and playing in the sand pits getting their hands dirty. For young babies you can wear them in a sling and through touching your skin and connecting to your electron flow they will also be grounding. At least 30 minutes a day of making direct contact with the earth can make a huge difference to your child’s health, try it and see for yourself!


If you have a little more cash to splash there are some great products which allow you to sleep grounded in bed using a cotton and silver threaded sheet connected to the earthing prong in a plug socket. This increases your connection to the earth to nearly half of the time. There are also handy conductive grounding mats, also plugged in to a socket and are especially useful for putting under little feet whilst playing the computer or watching a film. (

Next time your kids ask to take their shoes off instead of worrying about the dirt and the cold think of it as a nutritional supplement boost of free electrons which will help to calm, regulate, restore and re-balance them…..and after they’ve finished there’s always wet wipes for a quick and easy clean.

For more information on going barefoot and its benefits, read the book ‘Earthing’ by Clinton Ober.

Mental invitations, the real root of childhood illness

6 Jun

grumpsHave you ever noticed that your child becomes unwell during times of major changes, trauma and emotional stress? Maybe they’ve just started nursery, a new sibling has arrived or they’ve got a test coming up. Perhaps there’s an unwelcome visitor who creates feelings of awkwardness and judgement or an appointment coming up such as the dentist.

Disease has many triggers: poor nutrition, environmental allergens, lack of exercise and toxin overload; the real root cause to why the disease has manifested in a particular way may lie far deeper in the troubled mind.

Shamans and ancient healers have long believed that all dis-ease originates from disturbances in the mind/ psyche and they treat their patients through techniques such as chanting and invocations to access and ‘release’ the negative energies causing disruption.

Humans are energetical beings affected by everything around them that has its own energy field, even that which we cannot see or touch; whether it be mobile phone radiation or a domineering person exerting their forces of control.

Have you ever notice how some people uplift you and others make you feel drained and depleted? This is due to how our energy fields interact with others, some build your energy higher whilst others deplete it. If it becomes too depleted, disease will manifest in the body. As children are under the guidance and control of the adults surrounding them, the adults issues will have a direct affect on their well-being whether we accept it or not.

Below I have taken a selection of common childhood imbalances from Louise L. Hay’s book ‘You can heal your life’ and given their mental invitations/thoughts that have helped to manifest that particular illness.

Try not to discredit or take this information too personally; as the Buddhists teachings say, we all come here with our own karmas and the only certainty in life is that all humans will endure suffering at some level.

  • Accidents – Inability to speak up for the self. Rebellion against authority. Belief in violence.
  • Aches – Longing for love/to be held.
  • Allergies – Denying own power.
  • Anemia – Lack of joy. Fear of life. Feeling not good enough.
  • Adenoids – Family friction. Arguments. Child feeling unwelcome or in the way.
  • Anxiety – Not trusting the flow and process of life.
  • Asthma – Smother love. inability to breathe for oneself. Suppressed crying.
  • Baby asthma – Fear of life. Not wanting to be here.
  • Bedwetting – Fear of parent, often the father.
  • Childhood diseases – Childish behaviour in the adults around them.
  • Colds – Too much going on at once. Mental confusion.
  • Colic – Mental irritation. Impatience. Annoyance in the surroundings.
  • Pink-eye – Anger and frustration. Not wanting to see.
  • Eye problems – Not wanting to see what is going on in the family.
  • Earache – Anger. Not wanting to hear. Too much turmoil. Parents arguing.
  • Eczema – Breath-taking antagonism. Mental eruptions.
  • Fevers – Anger. Burning-up.
  • Overweight – Represents protection. hypersensitivity.
  • Hay fever – Emotional congestion. Guilt. A belief in persecution. A fear of the calendar.
  • Headaches – Invalidating the self. Self-criticism. Fear.
  • Infection – Irritation. Anger. Annoyance.
  • Inflammation – Fear. Seeing red. Inflamed thinking.
  • Influenza (Flu) – Response to mass negativity and beliefs. Fear
  • Jaundice – Internal and external prejudice. Unbalanced reason.
  • Motion sickness – Fear of not being in control.
  • Nail biting – Frustration. Eating away at the self. Spite of a parent.
  • Nose bleeds – A need for recognition. Feeling unwanted and unrecognised. Crying for love.
  • Polio – Paralysing jealousy, a desire to stop someone
  • Stuttering – Insecurity. Lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.

(extracted from ‘You can heal your life’ by Louise L. Hay)

Only you can figure out how best to help your child once you have identified their emotional imbalances. The most important remedy is nearly always to bring back a sense of security and love in to the child’s life. Allow them to talk with someone who will act as a sound board rather than offering solutions and judgements on the issues.Make them feel loved, giving them quality time and showing affection through physical affection, no matter what their age.

Sometimes a bit of TLC along with offloading their emotional baggage in a safe space is all kids need in order to feel heard and understood and begin to heal.

Don’t cut the cord: A lotus, free birth story

3 Jun


The words ‘natural birth’ often conjure up images of a relaxed home birth with a birthing pool, homeopathic remedies and few interventions from midwives, sometimes even a doula is present. To me natural birth means a whole lot more than just birthing in the comfort of your own home without forceps and drugs.

To truly understand how nature intended women to give birth we must look to the wild animals who are untouched by man. When animals are near the end of their pregnancy they instinctively know when to retreat and allow their offspring a safe passage into the outside world. They choose a quiet and peaceful place without too much stimulation from light or noise and begin their labor alone. Nothing else intervenes for this would cause the mother stress, contracting her birthing muscles which must remain relaxed in order for the labor to progress successfully. Once the offspring have arrived there is no weighing, measuring or wrapping in blankets; the young mammals simply find their way to the breast to suckle and to connect to the vital touch of the mother’s skin who will help regulate their body temperature and provide a feeling of safety and comfort. This closeness with a familiar smell and touch also provides a much-needed buffer against the shock of the transition from a warm, dark and quiet womb to a harshly over stimulating outside world.


The placenta is the baby’s life source delivering oxygen, food and also expelling waste for a lengthy nine months in most cases. It has grown with the baby, constantly present. Even after birth the placenta continues pumping oxygen to the baby for at least five whole minutes whilst the baby learns to transition to breathing fully with it’s lungs. For as long as the cord pulses, not only oxygen but also other precious nutrients such as iron and stem cells are also being delivered to the baby’s stores, providing an optimal chance for survival and growth.

When we clamp and cut the cord too soon we risk loosing this precious fluid and gas exchange. Some wild animals such as our closest relatives, the chimpanzees must know this instinctively as most of them continue to carry around the placenta with the cord attached to their babies until it naturally drops off and is returned to the earth; what we otherwise refer to as a ‘lotus birth’.  Other animals do chew the cord off shortly after birth but as a vegan this option did not appeal to me.


Just recently there has been much concern amongst the medical profession of Obstetricians regarding the potential danger of cord non-severance possibility of causing Septicemia. Interestingly even though this subject is talked about with much concern there does not exist any evidence/cases of actual Septicemia or deaths of newborns caused by a mother opting not to sever the cord. There does however, exist many cases of Septicemia in instances of cord severance.

The physical benefits of not cutting the cord include optimum immune protection and reduced risk of infection as no open wound is created. Other benefits are, in my opinion, of a more spiritual nature.

I decided to opt for an unassisted birth without any intervention. I felt strongly to allow my baby to be born at the exact time and in the way that I felt most comfortable. Even though I had emergency numbers on hand, I chose not to have any midwives or medical professionals present as I felt I could not trust them to respect my wishes and follow through on my birth plan. After hearing numerous stories from other women who had birthed with the medical profession I did not feel reassured that I would be fully supported. For these reasons I chose to only have my husband present at the birth.


We adopted a child-led parenting approach to raise Ulysses, which allows the child to take more control of what happens in their life. Child-led parenting involves raising the child with freedom alongside guidance, without force and punishment. In allowing children to take life at their own pace they learn to trust their own instincts and develop a set of morals and values based on their own experiences rather than the parents interpretation of the world. Such practices as baby-led weaning, non-violent communication and unstructured play form part of a non-forceful approach, much like lotus birthing where the baby’s body decides when to let go of the placenta rather than a third-party.


Growing up as a conventionally parented child I often felt a sense of powerlessness that in turn created a dependency on others and lack of self-confidence. Natural birth and child-led parenting provides ways you can show the most precious person in your life that you respect, trust and honor their innate wisdom.


The lotus flower is a symbol most widely recognized from India. Many times I get asked from where does lotus birth originate? I am not entirely sure how it became named, but I would guess it has something to do with the placenta resembling the flower. If you have ever observed a placenta with the cord attached it has a beautiful network of veins running through it as the leaves on a flower have, the cord also bears resemblance to the stem.

Central to all spiritual paths is the concept of ‘letting go’; everything in nature takes its cycle and in it’s own time transforms into the next phase. Just as the mother’s body knows instinctively to release the placenta after it has received the chemical messages released from the baby suckling on the breast, so does the baby’s body know exactly when to release the cord from it’s point of attachment without any intervention.


During my lotus birth, a lovely six-day period of bonding and closeness was established. We washed and wrapped the placenta everyday to keep it clean and placed it in a waterproof pouch. As the placenta did not release until five hours after the birth this provided for a special bonding period in a close embrace, without separation. During this vital period of bonding between us I felt strongly that it was important that no one else take the baby away and having the placenta still attached to the cord helped to ensure this.

Shortly after the birth, the cord dried quickly into the texture of an electric cable. During the nights we slept with the baby on the bed and the placenta was placed next to the bed. Transporting the placenta with baby around the house was made convenient by using a stretchy wrap, which had a pocket in the front to hold the placenta.


After six days of healing and bonding we woke up one morning to find baby Ulysses had gripped hold of the cord and detached it by himself, leaving a neat and healthy looking belly button. For the 6 days the placenta was still attached he was very peaceful and slept extremely well. Due to the damp environment where we lived and also choosing to wrap plastic around the cloth, the placenta did not dry out as well as it should have and did leave a musty smell for the last few days however, as the cord had already sealed off and we kept the rooms well aired, I didn’t feel this posed any threat to Ulysses. Despite the minor inconvenience of learning to maneuver around the cord for 6 days and dealing with the cleaning of the placenta I feel the potential benefits of lotus birthing far outweigh any cons and will definitely be having a lotus birth for my next child. With regards to the unassisted part of the birth I’d like to say most likely yes.

In cultures where they maintain their placenta after cutting the cord, a tradition exists for the placenta to be buried to the right side of the front door for a male and the left side for a female. We lived in a block of flats at the time so did not have this option and decided we much preferred the idea of returning the placenta back to the land through the sea rather than burying it. As we love to travel, the sea is a symbol of adventure and freedom, a life I hope Ulysses has the opportunity to experience.

Let the sunshine in!

3 May

P1000665 In the above photo Ulysses is sporting the typical expression I receive from people when they find out we don’t use sunscreen….arghh!

We all know the documented benefits of a moderate amount of sun exposure to the skin: increases vitamin D levels, kills unwanted fungus, heals skin conditions such as Psoriasis, aids in producing sweat and thus detoxes the body, provides us with the full spectrum of light to balance our mood, regulates our circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and generally has a healing effect on the body.

Then there’s the well documented con of the sun’s dangerous nature, triggering skin cancer; that’s enough to make any parent reach for the sun cream bottle isn’t it?

A word in defence of that beautiful ball of fire in the sky we call the sun; the burning star that gives life to everything on planet Earth and, without which, we would not exist.

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The sun has such great healing powers that it actually purges anything out of the human body that should not be there, not create a state of disease crisis but sometimes creates a healing crisis in the form of the big C word.

‘Anything that shouldn’t be there’ includes a whole array of man-made, toxic chemicals, many of which are located in your average sun cream. It is interesting to note that Australia, one of the biggest countries for using sun screen protection also has one of the highest rates of skin cancer.

These chemicals often cause allergic reactions in many people as well as blocking the body’s pores which form part of the lymphatic drainage system, this is how the body cleanses its internal environment and regulates the body temperature, through sweating.

My family spent 7 weeks in beautiful sunny Gozo when my 7 month old son was suffering from a severe mould allergy. We spent a little bit of time everyday in direct sunlight without any sun cream and the rest of the time kept in the shade. We did not suffer any sunburn and in fact, came away with a revitalized and healthy child back to England.

What then should we do, unlimited sun exposure with no protection? of course not!

No culture does that. The mediterranean people take their siesta in the middle of the day at the hottest hours and shut up shop during this time. The Arabs chew on the root or seeds of the Amni-Majus also known as ‘toothpick’ (a white flower also native to British Isles) and the Indians chew on the seeds of the Babchi plant to increase the Melanin, and thus darken their skin pigment in the sun. Many people in hot countries also wear long, dark clothing to absorb heat away from the skin.

Nowhere in the world is more careless in the sun than in the Western ‘civilised countries’, this is especially surprising taking into account the fact that we usually have the fairest skin!

In order of decreasing natural protection, the following skin colours exist: black, brown, olive, fair, albino. We were all designed to ive in certain climates and must respect our skin colour and adjust sun exposure times accordingly to reflect our own personal exposure limits.

There are many ways to protect yourself naturally from the powerful effect of the sunshine in full force.   We are, after all, living in a very toxic world within which we cannot help but be contaminated to a certain extent. Here are some useful tips to protect yourself from the sun naturally:

  • Limit exposure during: the sun’s strongest hours usually between 11am-3pm, after a winter period with little or no exposure to direct sunlight and during illness or de-hydration when the body is more prone to sunburn.
  • Build up your sun exposure gradually starting with no more than 10-15 minutes per day and building up to a limit that suits your individual tolerance levels. Expect some pinkness as pale skin adjusts to the sun, it is nothing to be overly concerned with. Sunburn will display itself as sore and/or peeling.(NB: if you are a fiery, red or fair-haired, fair-skinned individual with freckles, you will have the lowest tolerance and must take the greatest care)
  • During the hottest hours, when you have reached your own tolerance levels for direct exposure to sunlight, use hats and long-sleeved clothing made out of natural linen or cotton to cover up. White is the best colour for reflecting sunlight.


  • Beware sunglasses! They were originally invented for pilots flying high in the atmosphere where there is high, unnatural UV exposure. They have no practical use on land other than as a fashion statement or disguise. It is as important for your eyes as for your skin to allow the retinas to receive the full sunlight spectrum directly.

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  • Hydrate your body as much as possible; before, during and after sun exposure. Pure spring water is the best as well as coconut water. If using regular water, add a pinch of quality pink or grey salt to every litre to help structure the water for optimum hydration. Fresh snacks such as watermelon are an ideal option for hydration. Vegan ice cream such as ‘Booja Booja’ and home-made frozen fruits blended up as a sorbet are also very tasty and cooling summer snacks, however, the best way to cool the body is actually using spices and hot foods to encourage heat regulation through sweating. (NB: mint or fennel are better food flavourings than hot spices for those fiery types)

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  • Alkalise your body with fresh raw foods; cucumber, greens, celery and fresh juices will help to bring your body into a state of balance so it can cope better with sunshine exposure.

P1030086 P1030087Examples of fresh fruit and vegetable juices

(Left contains: grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple and berries. Right: strawberries, watermelon and cucumber)

  • Be aware of the areas on the body most prone to sunburn; shoulders, nose, feet, ears, chest and anywhere the skin is thin. Oxtinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone and Homosalate are typical sunscreen ingredients that act as either irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors or carcinogens.If you must use sun cream pick a sun block which uses a mineral that sits on top of the skin rather than absorbing into it. Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide is a safe option and is used in the ‘Burt’s Bees’ sun cream.

Aloe plant

  • Like sun creams, after-sun cream can also contain all sorts of undesirable chemicals you wouldn’t want absorbing into your little one or your own skin. 60% of what you put on your body absorbs directly in to the blood stream so opt for natural Aloe vera to cool sun burn. Later on when the skin has cooled you can use extra virgin raw coconut oil to heal any damage.

Finally, remember the rays can still reach your skin through the clouds, just as well too otherwise we might not get any healing sun exposure through those dreary winter months!



(Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and do not give medical advice)


My new blog about juicing for pregnancy written for this fantastic new website resource for those interested in having a more healthy and raw pregnancy

30 Apr

My new blog about juicing for pregnancy written for this fantastic new website resource for those interested in having a more healthy and raw pregnancy

Mama’s natural cures: environmental allergens and mouldy nightmares

5 Apr


Spring time, a beautiful time of year when nature wakes up and displays it’s beauty. The sun begins to shine more and the buds burst with new life. On a less joyful note the pretty flowers and fresh green shoots also bring with them an onslaught of environmental, airborne allergens such as pollen and mould spores.

if you have a child who is either highly sensitive, has a leaky gut or challenged immune system there is a possibility they may also suffer from allergic reactions to airborne particles that can be a harmless threat to others.

i have personal experience of coping with a child from newborn to toddler with a severe allergy to mould spores and the most challenging aspect is accepting that you can run but cannot hide from these invaders.


Here’s a list of common symptoms of an airborne environmental allergy such as mould in young babies:

  • Frequently swollen tongue accompanied with excessive dribbling.
  • Frequent red, runny  eyes.
  • Difficulty breastfeeding, often making a loud gulping sound to suggest restricted passage down the throat.
  • Extreme red skin rashes similar in appearance to burnt skin.
  • Intense cradle cap followed by hair loss.
  • Asthma attacks/ breathing difficulties such as frequently gasping for breath.
  • Excessive sweating during nap times, often with an odour of mildew. Frequent night terrors, even  during day time naps.
  • Unexplained prolonged crying episodes, especially during the lung time of 4-6pm/am, liver time from 1-3am/pm nd also from 9-11pm when the energy accumulates in the body.
  • Ongoing colic accompanied often by chronic constipation.

As baby turns into toddler some of the more severe symptoms may lessen such as asthma and skin rashes. With our little one the breathing attacks calmed down and only returned during intense emotional stress. Although dry painful stools cleared up, the irregular passing of bowel movements has continued due to mental rejection and fear of past painful passage. Furthermore, strong emotions of irritability, anger and dis-combobulation often re-appear during those healing times of day mentioned above, especially if the weather has been particularly damp with a lack of sun. Also, mood alterations increase during the mouldy seasons of late autumn into winter and early spring.


During an unexpected 2 month trip to the mediterranean island of Gozo during our little one’s first year we discovered a welcome reprieve from all symptoms and sleep difficulties. In an ideal world we now know the ideal climate in which to raise a child with such sensitivities. As the Mediterranean climate is so hot and dry most of the year, this makes for a perfect environment where mould cannot proliferate. If like us however, you find yourselves residing in drearier climates like the UK here are some natural remedies and practical tips you can use to help manage the problem.


  • Stock up on CLOVE OIL, dilute some in a spray bottle with water and clean your surfaces with it daily. Use an oil diffuser, especially during the night with a few drops of clove oil
  • Feed your child raw MUSHROOMS, even though they are a fungus they  work on a ‘like treats like’ basis. Lion heart herbs company does an amazing chocolate tasting super smoothie mix which tastes great and is packed full of medicinal mushroom extracts and anti-fungal, immune boosting herbs.
  • When the immune system is shot and there is mucus overload, add super loaded vitamin c CAMU CAMU berry powder to fresh apple juice for your child.
  • FOODS good for healing the lungs, the intestines and clearing up damp, fungus and mucus in the body include fresh, organic and raw: apples, beetroot, turmeric root, ginger root, cinnamon, olive oil, coconut oil, lemons, oranges, berries, dark leafy greens, garlic, pink or grey/brown sea and rock salt, seaweed, flax seed, plums/prunes and celery.
  • AVOID peanuts as they can contain a mould toxin. Limit dairy, especially cheeses as this can aggravate a mould sensitivity. Also bananas and wheat can be mucus producing.
  • Use pure PAW PAW ointment and fresh ALOE VERA to sooth even the most red raw of skin rashes.
  • Exposure of skin to SUNLIGHT without sun screen barriers is deeply healing for clearing mould out of the system. Make sure to limit direct exposure during the hottest hours 11-3pm.
  • Ease breathing attacks with HOT STEAM SHOWER BLASTS to create a steam room atmosphere which will help open up the lungs. A few drops of eucalyptus oil will help further
  • Invest in a DE-HUMIDIFIER for each room your child spends most of their time in.
  • Adapt to a more OXYGEN RICH living environment in your home. Make sure air can be re-circulated in all rooms especially the bathroom. Incorporate plenty of green plants (Peace Lilly is good for combating mould spores) round your home and ensure fresh air is replenished daily, ideally in the mornings by opening all the windows for a while.
  • Avoid living in MOULD HAVENS such as damp basement flats, rotting buildings and residences without enough windows or any outside space to dry damp washing.
  • Take REGULAR DAILY WALKS in nature with your child to oxygenate their bodies. A walk by the sea is especially helpful to heal lungs, also a salt lamp in the home can be beneficial.

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Finally, remember that allergens challenge the liver. Considering the fact that all drugs also tax the liver you may want to consider whether it is worth administering these to your child as a first resort.

All these natural remedies have come as a result of being challenged with learning how to bring back balance to my little one’s health in a way that respects the body’s natural delicate ecosystem. Even though this experience has been emotional and at many times overwhelming, I thank it for the lessons it has bought me to pay attention to what’s going on around us, inside and out.


(Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and do not give medical advice.)

A look inside the raw kid’s lunch box

4 Apr


Looking for some healthy ideas for kid’s lunch boxes? Here is a raw, vegan and allergen free * selection of child friendly yummy delights. Enough to fuel your kid through even the most physically or mentally challenging day out and about. You needn’t include every single option, not only can a fully raw lunch box work out quite expensive but your child may not be ready for such a drastic dietary change either. Experiment and remember the more raw you can add the better for maintaining energy levels and increasing nutrients.

*(except macadamia nuts, tomatoes, miso/tamari (soya based)

Here’s a list of what’s in the raw kid’s lunch box:

  • Pizza flavoured dehydrated kale chips made with Inspiral’s ‘pizzeria’ seasoning available from Infinity Foods, Brighton
  • Trail mix: banana chips, coconut, hemp seeds, goji berries, mulberries, sunflower seeds, currants
  • Cheezy dip made with macadamia nuts, miso, pepper, onion, tomato, garlic and paprika
  • Raw onion dehydrated cracker breads with flax seeds and tamari
  • Olives, vegetable sticks: celery, cucumber and celery. Other options include broccoli/cauliflower florets and slices of pepper
  • Apple (always try to put fresh fruit in that does not need to be pre-cut to avoid nutrient loss)
  • Vanoffee raw cacao bar from The Raw Chocolate Company available in Infinity Foods, Brighton
  • Vita Coco coconut water available from Waitrose

Word of caution: for children prone to dryness in the skin, especially those of a slim constitution; limit the amount of dehydrated and dried raw foods or counter the effect of the drying effect of these foods by adding fat/oily foods alongside them. E.g. avocado or creamy dips with cracker breads and dried chips. You can make the trail mix more hydrating by soaking for at least 30 minutes in water and then draining the dried fruit, nuts and seeds before mixing the ingredients together.

For more information on full recipes of raw food snacks for kids, see the book’ Evie’s Kitchen’ by Shazzie


How to boost your family’s health with raw living foods

1 Apr


Are you a chocoholic? Do you crave sweet and fatty foods? Can you absolutely not live without convenience food?

Great! This makes raw, living foods a perfect addition to enhance your family’s health without having to give up the cravings you yearn for.

Confused how you can achieve such a healthy diet whilst still satisfying your cravings?

I bet the type of foods that came to mind when you read the words ‘living and raw’ were boring salads and vegetable sticks, the kind of foods your kids wouldn’t touch with a barge pole right?

Imagine how easy it would be to get your family eating more healthy if you could give them foods which were sweet, tasty and satisfying as well as being packed with nutrients, reaching over and above the governments recommended ‘5-a-day’ in just one sitting.

What exactly is raw food you may wonder?

Raw food is most commonly defined as non-animal foods consisting of fruit, vegetables, plants such as herbs and greens, nuts, seeds and grains.

Raw food is not necessarily served cold, but has not been heated over 42 degrees Celsius, just above body temperature. This means you can still eat a nice warm dish just as you eat a plate of cooked food that has cooled down and this is still considered raw.

Heating raw food without cooking it above 42 degrees is achieved using high-speed blenders and dehydrators or even ovens on the lowest setting.

Making sure food is not heated above this temperature ensures all the enzymes; vitamins, minerals and nutrients remain intact for optimum digestion and assimilation.

Although comforting and pleasurable to eat, cooked food is recognised by the body as a foreign substance that causes the immune system to launch an attack of white blood cells as if it were an invading toxin. This is why you often feel lethargic, heavy and drained after eating a cooked meal without any raw food added.

You don’t need to go 100% raw all the time to feel the health benefits of living foods. Furthermore you don’t have to dramatically cut out all of your existing comfort foods in one foul swoop. Instead why not try crowding out the ‘baddies’ in your diet by adding in more wholesome raw ‘goodies’ on top.

In this way you will find those undesirable foods will phase out naturally without you having to battle the addictive impulse.

The biggest bonus of adding in more enzyme rich, living foods is the convenience factor. As a vegan, high raw family we now spend far less time preparing food from fresh in the kitchen than most cooks do, perfect for those rushed mornings and exhausted evenings with the kids. When the kids complain they’re starving and just can’t wait, raw food is the answer!

As for those green salads and veggies you can’t get your kids to touch, why not try disguising them in a sweet, freshly juiced green juice. By using apples as the base and adding in a few green vegetables on top such as celery, cucumber and mint leaves, you can make sure they get their vegetable intake without a fuss.

Raw food also offers other clever ways to disguise vegetables such as blended sauces and dips. The most anti-green child has been fooled in to eating avocado by disguising it in an irresistible chocolate dessert!

As for snacks, what better food to have on the go than raw delights which need neither heating nor refrigeration such as a dried fruit and nut breakfast bar.

Here’s a list of my top 5 kid friendly raw delights which are perfect for all dietary needs including allergies to dairy, soya and gluten (with the exception of nuts):

  • Raw banana and strawberry ice cream


  • Raw fruity cheesecake


  • Raw chocolate mousse


  • Raw cheezy spread


  • Raw pancakes


Here are a few simple ideas to add in raw food to your existing diet:


Add a banana with freshly blended coconut milk smoothie using fresh coconut meat added with water to a high-speed blender. Flavour with carob powder and dates for sweetness. (In addition lion heart herbs super smoothie mix will add a super nutrient punch)


Add a rainbow-grated salad to your meal consisting of fresh and grated carrot, beetroot, fennel and yellow courgette. You can also mix and match fruit in the salad such as sultanas with the carrots and apple with the beetroot. There seems to be something special about grating up these sorts of vegetables that makes them more appetising for kids.


Add a sweet green juice as a starter with apples as a base and any selection of green leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach, celery, cucumber and carrots. Juicing a small amount of beetroot (one-quarter of a beet) will add a nice deep red colour to disguise the green colour of the juice.

There you have it, don’t take anything else out of your diet. Simply try adding in some of the suggestions and watch what happens!

(If you want to read more on the amazing benefits of raw food for kids and learn how to create naturally healthy treats for your children, I recommend reading the following book: Raw food 4 kids by Sarah Nolan)

Natural language learning: simple ways to help your child become bilingual

17 Mar


Not many parents out there would be against their child Growing up bilingual. Did you know that the best time to learn another language is alongside the first language and that the brain at the age of <18 months is perfectly capable of processing more than one language without confusion?

What a great talent to add to your child’s repertoire with many bonuses such as  making them more culturally sociable both at home and abroad and making them more attractive in the work place later on in life. Furthermore, studies have now shown that bilingual children have increased attention and cognition abilities.


Children and adults alike ideally need immersion in the language for more than just a few hours every week in order to become fluent and competent in their speaking abilities.

Here are some simple tips which you can integrate into everyday life to help your child pick up another language without having to move away to a whole different country:

  • If you intend on sending your child to an educational establishment or childcare facility, look for the ones which provide more than just one or two language sessions per week and last less than a few hours in total. In many places more and more opportunities are popping up to gain greater immersion. Where I live in East Sussex there is now a bilingual spanish and english playgroup for toddlers, a bilingual nursery and even a bilingual government-run school. In these establishments at least half the curriculum/activities of the day are conducted in the foreign language. bilingual school
  • If you choose to home educate your child you can always hire some home help in the form of a native speaking cleaner or nanny to increase your child’s exposure to the language and ask that they only speak with the child in their language. If living on a tight budget remember that once your child turns 3 years old you can use child care vouchers to pay ofsted registered child care and some childminders will come and work from your home.
  • If your child likes screen time, pick the foreign language option on dvds, type in your child’s favourite programmes in to youtube alongside the name of the language in it’s mother tongue e.g. ‘Mickey Mouse francais’. This is how many European kids end up becoming so proficient in English.youtubeicon
  • Make friends with people who live near you and are native speaking so you can provide play date opportunities for the kids to hear both languages simultaneously.


  • Play music in your chosen language, dance and sing. Songs are often the most affective way to learn and store new information in the brain.

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  • Buy or loan from your local library some dual language reading books to get them use to seeing the language as well as speaking and hearing it at the same time. Popular titles such as “Walking in the jungle” come in many dual language options.


  • Finally, learn the language alongside your child so you are able to recognise and reinforce just as you do with teaching them English. You do not have to be fluent to do this with a young child. Connect to the internet to start learning the basics for free today

My top 5 natural baby brands

7 Mar

1. BEAMING BABY: wipes, disposable nappies and baby toiletries such as body wash and shampoo suitable for even the most sensitive skin.


2. TOTS BOTS: washable nappies made out of bamboo, naturally anti-bacterial material and soft on the skin. I personally recommend the bamboozle stretchies.

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3.BECO: eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable potty, step stool and meal set. No ugly chemicals (including BPA) can be fond in these products.

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4. SOPHIE LA GIRAFE: toys for babies to hold, squash and chew on, all made out of natural rubber and free from toxic chemicals.

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5. LENNY LAMB: slings and baby carriers made out of 100% natural materials and designed with careful consideration to maintaing correct positioning for both baby-wearer and child.


These are just a few of the products I consider to be closest to nature as possible and also ones I have personally tested. I would have liked to included a babies clothing/bedding brand which are made from organic and natural materials although I have found that those websites offering such products to be over-priced for most parents. Therefore I recommend shopping for baby clothes at a store such as M&S where, although not organic, many of the baby vests and grows to be worn directly next to the skin are at least 100% cotton and can be made safer still for baby by giving them a pre-wash before their first wear to ensure any growing or manufacturing chemicals are removed first. I also found a lovely 100% bamboo blanket and matching hat for my newborn in Australia under the brand name ‘babyjo’.